Emmy honour for Richard

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A CASTLEFORD-BORN TV producer has been nominated for one of the world’s top industry awards for his documentary about rock band Queen.

Richard Cook, 39, received an International Emmy Award nomination for the two-hour documentary Queen: Days of Our Lives, which aired on BBC2 last Easter.

He attended the awards ceremony in New York last week, where the documentary lost out in the best arts programme category to German show Songs of War.

Richard, who is originally from Townville, said receiving the nomination had been a “massive honour”. He added: “Going to New York for the International Emmys was amazing. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life. It was genuinely like being a celebrity.”

Richard received a nominees’ medal before the main ceremony, and said: “I had to get up on stage to receive the medal and give an acceptance speech, so it feels like you’re a winner anyway.

“The documentary has been up for a couple of awards, including the Montreux Rose D’Or, but you don’t get any bigger than the Emmys.”

Queen: Days of Our Lives was made with the co-operation of Brian May and Roger Taylor, to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.

Richard said: “They wanted a definitive documentary about the band. They have a massive archive and it was really, really exciting to go through all these things that no-one had seen before, things like Freddie Mercury’s last ever time on camera, during the making of the These Are The Days of Our Lives video. He died a few days later.

“You immerse yourself in it, it took nine months to make it, so you have to be a massive fan, and I was a massive fan, so it was great.”

Richard has worked in music and entertainment programming for 15 years, with his other work including stints on the Big Breakfast, T4, Popworld and Tranmission, as well as producing a 90-minute documentary on Madonna and executive producing a documentary series about girl band The Saturdays.

His next project sees him heading to Los Angeles to record a pilot for an entertainment show for Sky 1.